A Mobile Food Recognition System for Dietary Assessment

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Aktı Ş., Qaraqe M., Ekenel H. K.

21st International Conference on Image Analysis and Processing (ICIAP), Lecce, Italy, 23 - 27 May 2022, vol.13373, pp.71-81 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 13373
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/978-3-031-13321-3_7
  • City: Lecce
  • Country: Italy
  • Page Numbers: pp.71-81
  • Keywords: Food recognition, Assistive technology, Computer vision, FEATURES
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Food recognition is an important task for a variety of applications, including managing health conditions and assisting visually impaired people. Several food recognition studies have focused on generic types of food or specific cuisines, however, food recognition with respect to Middle Eastern cuisines has remained unexplored. Therefore, in this paper we focus on developing a mobile friendly, Middle Eastern cuisine focused food recognition application for assisted living purposes. In order to enable a low-latency, high-accuracy food classification system, we opted to utilize the Mobilenet-v2 deep learning model. As some of the foods are more popular than the others, the number of samples per class in the used Middle Eastern food dataset is relatively imbalanced. To compensate for this problem, data augmentation methods are applied on the underrepresented classes. Experimental results show that using Mobilenet-v2 architecture for this task is beneficial in terms of both accuracy and the memory usage. With the model achieving 94% accuracy on 23 food classes, the developed mobile application has potential to serve the visually impaired in automatic food recognition via images.